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FRUITLAND — Cowboys for Trump leader and Otero County Commission Chairman Couy Griffin says a cowboy hat the group hopes to give President Donald Trump represents respect the president has earned.

That hat was made by Fruitland resident Ramie Harper, the owner of Harper Hat Company. While Harper has not yet had the chance to give Trump the hat, he hopes to present it to the president this summer when Cowboys for Trump returns to Washington D.C.

This hat is black and made of beaver felt. It has a gold buckle with that says “USA” in ruby, diamond and sapphire. Inside the rim, Harper has embroidered “Made for Donald J. Trump, President of the United States.”

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Harper carries hat 173 miles from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C.

Harper is one of 13 Cowboys for Trump who rode about 173 miles on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C. He carried the hat with him throughout the ride.

“It’s a tradition out here in New Mexico when you go visit someone you bring them a present,” Harper said.

This hat, Harper explained, is not a “city slicker” cowboy hat. Instead it is a hat a cowboy could wear into a field to work.

“A cowboy hat is just as important as his rope,” Harper said

He said if a cow is charging him he can take off his hat and wave it at the cow to scare it and get it to turn away from him.

“Everything we wear on a saddle or a horse, there’s a reason for it,” he said.

In terms of guns, Harper said the gun is a tool that can be used to euthanize a wounded cow or protect the horse from charging cows.

“We don’t wear that stuff for show,” Harper said.

Harper said he wants the president to know that there are cowboys in New Mexico who support what Trump has done and what the president is trying to accomplish.

“We support President Trump and his agenda,” Harper said. “We feel that he is the first president that has been working for the American people.”

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The ride started on Feb. 15. The group rode between 25 and 30 miles each day. Harper said people in small towns they rode through would saddle up horses and ride alongside them. While they did get a few negative reactions, Harper said the majority of people who saw the Cowboys for Trump supported them regardless of how the people felt about Trump.

The group completed their ride on Saturday, Feb. 23, when they rode up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“That was the most prideful, proud to be an American feeling I’ve ever had in my life,” Harper said.

Griffin credited Harper with the idea of making a hat for the president and said the cowboy hat is a fitting gift.

“If we’ve ever had a president in office that has deserved a cowboy hat, it’s President Trump,” Griffin said.

Griffin admitted that he was unsure when Trump was first elected president, however he says Trump has earned his respect and the cowboy hat.

“There’s no better man to receive it,” Griffin said.

Trump invites Cowboys for Trump to the White House

While the group was unable to give the hat to the president while they were in Washington D.C., Trump has invited them to return this summer. Harper plans to present the hat to the president at that time.

Griffin said after his plane landed on the return flight he received a phone call from the White House. The woman on the other end told him President Trump wanted to speak with him.

“I got frogs in my throat and filled with emotion and I couldn’t even talk to her,” he said.

After taking a short break, Griffin got on the phone with the president. He said the conversation lasted half an hour and covered topics like Second Amendment sanctuary counties and forest management.

Griffin said he told the president, “I truly believe that by the time you get done with your second term that Ronald Reagan is going to be standing in your shadow.”

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New Mexico ride planned

New Mexicans who want to meet with the Cowboys for Trump will have the chance in the upcoming weeks. Griffin said he has tentatively scheduled a ride on March 12 in Santa Fe.

Harper said people interested in purchasing a hat can call him at 505-427-7211. More information about Cowboys for Trump can be found at facebook.com/baredown.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

 

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